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Astropecten nitidus Verrill, 1915. Photo by John E. Miller

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Dave PawsonSenior Scientist, Emeritus

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    PO Box 37012, MRC 163
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    Responsibilities: Senior Research Scientist, Curator of Echinoderms

    Education: B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Victoria University, New Zealand

    Research Interests: Echinoderms, especially sea cucumbers and sea urchins - taxonomy, ecology, reproductive biology.

    Professional Activities: Council, Biological Society of Washington. Adjunct Faculty member, Harvard University, The American University, Johns Hopkins University

    Recent Publications:

    Pawson, David L. 2018. A new species of the remarkable brittle star genus Astrophiura (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) from the western Atlantic Ocean. Zootaxa, 4378(2): 257-264. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4378.2.4

    Baker, Alan N., Okanishi, Masanori and Pawson, David L. 2018. Euryalid brittle stars from the International Indian Ocean Expedition 1963-64 (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea: Euryalida). Zootaxa, 4392(1): 1-27. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4392.1.1

    Amon, Diva J., Ziegler, Amanda F., Kremenetskaia, Antonina, Mah, Christopher L., Mooi, Rich, O'Hara, Tim, Pawson, David L., Roux, Michel and Smith, Craig R. 2017. Megafauna of the UKSRL exploration contract area and eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean: Echinodermata. Biodiversity Data Journal, 5 doi:10.3897/BDJ.5.e11794

    Pawson, David L., Nizinski, Martha S., Ames, Cheryl Lewis and Pawson, Doris J. 2015. Deep-sea echinoids and holothurians (Echinodermata) near cold seeps and coral communities in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Bulletin of Marine Science, 91(2): 167-204. doi:10.5343/bms.2014.1064

    Mironov, Alexandr N. and Pawson, David L. 2014. A new species of Western Atlantic sea lily in the family Bathycrinidae (Echinodermata: Crinoidea), with a discussion of relationships between crinoids with xenomorphic stalks. Zootaxa, 3873(3): 259-274. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3873.3.5

    Hendrickx, Michel E., Pawson, David L., Mejia-Mercado, Beatriz, Ayon-Parente, Manuel and Hinojosa-Corona, Alejandro 2014. Registros de especies de Holothuroidea (Echinodermata). In: Mejia-Mercado, Beatriz E., Hinojosa-Corona, Alejandro and Hendrickx, Michel E., Explorando el Mar Profundo del Golfo de California 2008-2014. : ,() pp.191-205.

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